HQAL: ‘T’ Block Arrangement

At our last posting I had finished all of the ‘T’ blocks and showed the arrangement I had for them. I was not happy, in fact, I was pretty discouraged, this was not anything like my vision at the start.

Original arrangement looked like a mash mosh of nothing


Following the suggestions of the group, I placed the darkest blocks as corner stones, a dark middle surrounded by the lighter blocks.


Look at the difference



A second suggestion had the lightest grouped in the middle, a bit darker framing and the darkest as the corner blocks.


Here is the difference



I am leaning towards the first change with the darkest as the 4 center blocks. It just draws the eyes in and the 4 corner blocks really pop out. The second arrangement still seems a bit flat and none dimensional.

While I was extremely anxious to get this started I had to put it aside to begin another hand quilting project. Excitement is mounting with grand baby #1 due for my sister-in-law in early October ~ a girl! I am afraid a baby shower may be looming in September and I am hoping to get this done in time.

Deciding to shy away from something to juvenile, I opted for a more refined girlish look in dusty rose tones with green sashing matching the leaves. I will add a thin lace ribbon border with the satin ribbon binding.


For the backing I choose this rose colored geometric pattern in a soft brushed cotton. It matches the simple pattern of the quilt top.





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16 thoughts on “HQAL: ‘T’ Block Arrangement

  1. Karrin Hurd August 18, 2019 / 3:02 pm

    Great blocks, I love seeing how this is coming along!


  2. craftycreeky August 18, 2019 / 3:59 pm

    It’s amazing the difference block positions can make, the other option to consider is sashing your blocks, just to separate them a little. Your baby quilt is going to look gorgeous πŸ™‚

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    • nwpaintedlady August 19, 2019 / 12:50 am

      I will definitely be sashing this πŸ™‚ This is my first time making a quilt with so many colors and alternate patterns. It was really a shock to see how much positioning is important.


  3. Deb August 18, 2019 / 10:04 pm

    I understand that feeling of something not turning out the way it was pictured in the mind, it can be a little up setting , however your work is still lovely , I love those hand sewn blocks! A new baby in the family…exciting!πŸ˜„ Looking forward to seeing this finished.

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    • nwpaintedlady August 19, 2019 / 12:49 am

      Thanks for the encouragement Deb, much appreciated. I have been feeling pretty disappointed with all the hand work put into this. I am feeling a lot more confident as I move forward with it πŸ™‚

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  4. dezertsuz August 18, 2019 / 11:14 pm

    It looks like you are well on your way to completing that top, with a decision made. The baby quilt is going to be lovely. Enjoy the hours of quilting as the summer wanes and the baby keeps everyone waiting. =)

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    • nwpaintedlady August 19, 2019 / 12:52 am

      Summer sure is waning here. I’d like to really make some progress with it but with baby on her way and she’s not waiting I got to keep baby quilt momentum going for now πŸ™‚

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      • dezertsuz August 21, 2019 / 4:36 am

        I’m going to bet you have it done close to time!

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  5. kathyreeves August 18, 2019 / 11:16 pm

    The baby quilt is soooo pretty, love that combination of prints and colors. πŸ™‚ I love the before and after shots of the different layouts for the T quilt, so instructive to look at them from a distance. Whether you opt for the dark or light center, the changes really make it work!

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    • nwpaintedlady August 19, 2019 / 12:55 am

      Thank you Kathy, the material for the baby quilt really did come together nicely which leads into the T quilt….it is truly amazing how different layouts/placement of blocks changes the appearance. This was the first time I did a quilt with so many different colors and alternate block pattern. I had no idea. Thank goodness for this great group of woman to get me on the right path πŸ™‚

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  6. KerryCan August 20, 2019 / 9:40 am

    Wow–those changes really do make a difference! I agree that the first change works well–do you know what you’re using for sashing? It’s such fun to see this come together. The baby quilt is going to be great–I really like the use of stronger colors. All pieced by hand, right? You’re a wonder!

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    • nwpaintedlady August 20, 2019 / 2:24 pm

      All pieced by hand ~ I don’t even own a machine although I can feel myself breaking down. I am going to use black for the sashing, brown seemed washed out and navy blue looked black so black it is πŸ™‚


  7. Tracy @ It's a T-Sweets Day! August 20, 2019 / 12:47 pm

    Hi Sharon! I like the first version better as well. Thank you for showing the different variations. It is always so interesting seeing how moving blocks around really changes the feel of a quilt. Your little grand niece is going to be one well loved little girl! Beautiful, beautiful:)

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